December 3, 2009
On Nudging AALL to Support GPO's Digitization of Legacy Documents
Betsy McKenzie is calling on law librarians to nudge AALL to get involved by supporting efforts to digitize 2.2 million legacy GPO documents, something already supported by ALA and ARL. "We are professionals and have joined as members in a professional organization," writes McKenzie. "In fact, we support a Washington office with the very important goal of making statements on behalf of our organization. Where are they? Why have they not said anything on this matter?" Good questions.
If successful, the project would preserve and provide free access to these legacy documents via FDSys. McKenzie makes the case for high quality digitization that would benefit all gov doc users. See her Where is AALL's Leadership? GPO's Digitization of Legacy Documents Out of the Jungle blog post for background information. The post includes e-mail addresses for AALL President Catherine Lemann, Kate Hagan, AALL Executive Director, and Mary Alice Baish, AALL Government Relations Office Director.
Perhaps we need to launch an online petition drive to get AALL to move forward on this important matter. [JH]
This sounds like a "shovel ready" project. Stimulus money should go to GPO digitization of government publications. It would employ some folks and accomplish a necessary task.
Posted by: Jeff Buckley | Dec 15, 2009 7:20:39 AM